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VOLUME 2  AIR OPERATOR AND AIR AGENCY CERTIFICATION AND APPLICATION PROCESS

CHAPTER 12  CERTIFICATION OF A PART 147 AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN SCHOOL

Section 1  General

2-1411    PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODES.

A.    Maintenance: 3230.

B.    Avionics: 5230.

2-1412    OBJECTIVE. This section provides guidance for certificating an Aviation Maintenance Technician School (AMTS) under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 147, Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools.

2-1413    GENERAL. This section prescribes procedures for evaluating applications for AMTS certification. The certification of an AMTS is not limited to schools physically located within the United States; however, the Administrator is not currently issuing certificates to schools physically located outside the United States.

NOTE:  An applicant for certification of a school physically located outside the United States must show that the need exists to certificate airmen to perform maintenance of U.S.-registered civil aircraft and that no alternative through a bilateral agreement or similar agreement exists.

A.    Certification Process. The certification process provides for interaction between the applicant and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from initial inquiry to issuance or denial of an AMTS Certificate. It ensures the thorough review, evaluation and testing of programs, systems, and methods of compliance (see Figure 2-36, Certification Process Flowchart). The certification process consists of the following five phases:

    Preapplication phase,

    Formal application phase,

    Document compliance phase,

    Demonstration and inspection phase, and

    Certification phase.

B.    Authority. Part 147 and Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.) 44707 provide regulatory and statutory authority for certificating an AMTS.

C.    Aviation Safety Inspector’s (ASI) Responsibility. ASIs should not become involved in determining the market need for the AMTS, the selection of resource personnel (consultants), or materials. ASIs must remain objective in evaluating the applicant’s facilities, personnel, and curriculum content.

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Figure 2-36.  Certification Process Flowchart

Figure 2-36. Certification Process Flowchart

2-1414    PREAPPLICATION PHASE.

A.    Initial Inquiry. Upon initial contact from an applicant requesting part 147 certification, the receiving office must first find out if the AMTS will reside within the geographic boundaries of the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). If the applicant has contacted a FSDO that does not have geographic responsibility, the applicant will be directed to the appropriate FSDO. The applicant is directed by the ASI as to which regulations he or she must meet and where he or she may obtain copies of the regulations. The FSDO should direct the applicant to the Web site at http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/ for applicable regulations; advisory circulars (AC); FAA orders, notices, and bulletins; and other pertinent information applicable to part 147 AMTS certification. The applicant should be provided with an initial overview of the certification process.

B.    The Preapplication Statement of Intent (PASI). The applicant is instructed to download a FAA Form 8400-6, Preapplication Statement of Intent, from FAA.gov and should be provided instructions on how to complete it and where to send it. The submission of a PASI expresses intent by the applicant to initiate certification. It also allows the FAA to plan activities and commit resources. Therefore, a potential applicant should submit a completed PASI only after reviewing the appropriate regulations and advisory material to include applicable ACs, notices, and Order 8900.1 guidance. The applicant should consider the personnel, facility, equipment, and documentation requirements for certification and operation.

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C.    Certification Services Oversight Process (CSOP). Upon receipt of a completed PASI the FSDO manager or the office manager’s designee creates a new PASI Summary Form and enters the applicant into CSOP per Volume 11, Chapter 13, Section 1, Flight Standards Certification Services Oversight Process.

1)    The FSDO manager should use the PASI to evaluate the complexity of the proposed operation and to ensure that trained and experienced ASIs are available to participate as certification team members.
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2)    The FSDO manager notifies the Regional Flight Standards Division (RFSD) of the PASI. The RFSD may use the PASI to assess the FSDO workload and forecast its staffing needs.
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D.    Establish Certification Team. When it is determined to proceed with the certification process, the FSDO manager or the airworthiness unit supervisor establishes the team members to conduct the certification consistent with Volume 11, Chapter 13, Section 1 and the CSOP standard operating procedure (SOP). The team will consist of at least one Maintenance ASI from the certificating FSDO, one Avionics inspector, and, if required, one regional representative. Additional Airworthiness ASIs may be utilized as needed. One team member will be designated as the certification project manager (CPM). The FSDO will obtain a precertification number from the Aviation Data Systems Branch (AFS-620).

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NOTE:  RFSD or headquarters (HQ) representatives may serve as active members or advisors of the certification team. These representatives should attend both the preapplication and the formal application meetings. They should also be present during facility inspections. CSOP provides the option for RFSD initial certification teams.

E.    Responsibilities of the CPM. The team member designated as the CPM must have completed appropriate training (FAA Course 21000113, Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools and its eLMS prerequisite course 27100162). The CPM should preferably have previous experience in the certification of an AMTS under part 147.

1)    The CPM must serve as the primary spokesperson for the FAA throughout the certification process. Consequently, the CPM must thoroughly coordinate all certification matters with all other specialists assigned to the certification project.
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2)    The CPM must be responsible for ensuring that all certification tasks are complete, and must coordinate all correspondence to and from the applicant following the guidance of Volume 11, Chapter 13, Section 1 and the CSOP SOP.
3)    The CPM must notify the FSDO manager of any information that may significantly affect or delay the certification project.
4)    The CPM must ensure that individuals involved with the certification project and FSDO manager are kept fully informed of the current status of the certification.
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5)    The CPM must keep the RFSD informed of any unusual aspects of the certification process.
6)    The CPM must ensure that an application for a certificate and rating, or for an additional rating, under part 147 is made on a form and in a manner prescribed by the Administrator, and submitted with:
a)    A description of the proposed curriculum;
b)    A list of the facilities and materials to be used;
c)    A list of its instructors, including the kind of certificate and ratings held and the certificate numbers; and
d)    A statement of the maximum number of students it expects to teach at any one time.

NOTE:  The CPM would benefit from the use of the AMTS Certification Process Guide located in the current edition of AC 147-3, Certification and Operation of Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools, Figure 4-1, to document the certification progress. The CPM may use their own checklist in the certification process as long as the requirements of the certification phases are met. The development of a working certification file or checklist containing the AMTS Certification Process Guide could assist the CPM in collecting, completing, and storing the documents as the certification process progresses. This could be completed and converted to the certification file required at the completion of certification.

F.    Responsibilities of the Certification Team Members. It is the responsibility of each team member to respond to a CPM request for assistance and keep the CPM informed of the status of the certification. Immediately bring any discrepancy that may delay the certification effort to the attention of the CPM.

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G.    Aircraft Maintenance Division (AFS-300). When requested by the RFSD, AFS-300 will determine if HQ’s participation is appropriate and will notify the RFSD of the determination and the name(s) of any AFS‑300 participants. RFSD and HQ representatives may serve as active members of the team or as advisors. These representatives may attend both the preapplication and the formal application meetings. They also may be present during facility inspections.

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H.    Preapplication Meeting and Discussion Topics. The FSDO manager or unit supervisor will advise the applicant of the necessity for a preapplication meeting. In preparation for the preapplication meeting, the CPM should remind the applicant that the key management personnel should attend the meeting and should be prepared to discuss, in general terms, various aspects of the applicant’s proposed operation.

1)    The preapplication meeting should be held in the FSDO that will have oversight responsibility for the AMTS. This will allow the applicant to become familiar with the FSDO personnel. However, if the applicant’s facility is available, the CPM may request to hold the meeting at the applicant’s facility to verify that it meets the requirements for the ratings requested.
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NOTE:  Regional certification teams normally perform preapplication meetings at the RFSD consistent with the guidance of Volume 11, Chapter 13, Section 1 and the CSOP SOP.

2)    During the preapplication meeting, the applicant should provide the FAA with an AMTS point of contact (POC). Encourage the applicant to ask questions during the discussion. Applicants should be thoroughly familiar with the certification phase requirements before continuing with the certification process. It is important, therefore, that the CPM be thoroughly prepared to conduct the meeting.
3)    Open discussion of the applicant’s intent for AMTS certification should take place while the FAA offers answers to any questions the applicant has regarding the application process. At a minimum, the following should take place during the preapplication meeting:
a)    Discuss FAA expectations of the AMTS to include ethical considerations, meeting minimum regulatory compliance with part 147 to qualify for certification, and maintaining consistent regulatory compliance at all times after certification.
b)    Discuss the five phases of certification and the requirements of each phase.
c)    Discuss what the applicant may expect from the FAA during and after certification.
d)    Verify the applicant is aware of the regulatory requirements and FAA policies regarding certification and operation of an AMTS.
e)    Inform the applicant of the three types of air agency ratings that may be issued (i.e., Airframe, Powerplant, and Airframe and Powerplant (A&P)).
f)    Provide instruction on the completion of FAA Form 8310-6, Aviation Maintenance Technician School Certificate & Ratings Application.
g)    Verify the applicant understands the purpose and content of the formal application documents.
h)    Discuss the AMTS requirement to provide written procedures on specific processes including tool control, use of cleaners, lubricants, and flammable liquids.
i)    Discuss AMTS procedures for administrative procedures and recordkeeping processes.
j)    Discuss and verify that the applicant understands part 147, 147.31 regarding crediting students for previous training and experience.
k)    Inform the applicant that the school may not teach students before certification as an AMTS and then give credit for that training after certification (refer to 147.3 and 147.31(c)(1)(iv)).
l)    Verify that the applicant understands that when granting credit for previous Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) experience (refer to 147.31(c)(2) and (3)), only documentary evidence and testing is permitted, comparable to the required curriculum subjects.
m)    Explain to the applicant the various methods that may be used to determine the amount of credit to be given to students for previous training under 147.31(c)(1).
n)    Discuss the requirements for a written approved system for minimum standards for graduation and methods of determining final grades (refer to 147.31).
o)    Discuss the requirement for written approved procedures for recording and controlling attendance, and provisions for course makeup when curriculum subjects are missed.
p)    Discuss the procedures for taking FAA written knowledge tests, oral (knowledge) and practical (skill) tests, and for overall certification requirements found in the current edition of FAA Order 8900.2, General Aviation Airman Designee Handbook.
q)    Discuss the requirement for procedures to maintain, keep, and distribute student records and transcripts ( 147.33).
r)    Discuss the significance and issuance of part 147 AMTS operations specifications (OpSpecs).
s)    Discuss the content of a compliance statement listing each applicable part 147 section and the necessity for providing either a brief narrative or a specific reference to a document that describes the manner of compliance with the part 147 regulation.
t)    Discuss with the applicant the purpose of the AMTS and its role in qualifying the student to perform the duties of an AMT for particular ratings or rating under 14 CFR part 65 subpart D.
u)    Discuss with the AMTS applicant the importance of the contribution made to aviation safety by a properly trained and certificated AMT.
v)    Discuss with the AMTS applicant the need to develop AMTS operating policies and procedures addressing allowances to deviate from the approved curriculum order of instruction on a case‑by‑case basis due to unexpected interruptions such as inoperative mockups, inclement weather, hospitalized instructor, etc.
w)    Discuss with the AMTS applicant the need for the AMTS to incorporate policies and procedures addressing the reporting of interruptions that cause deviations in the order of instruction in the approved curriculum to the principal inspector (PI).
x)    Discuss with the AMTS applicant the issuance of OpSpecs as dictated by the AMTS-specific operations.
y)    Discuss program implementation requirements for distance learning if the AMTS intends to develop a distance learning curriculum as a teaching delivery method to enrolled AMT students. Distance learning is widely utilized for delivering instruction by lecture, visual demonstration, discussion, knowledge of general principles and, with the proper training support equipment, is a viable option for teaching some practical applications or developing fundamental manipulative skills.

NOTE:  Although encouraged, do not coerce applicants to exceed part 147 regulatory requirements.

I.    Preapplication Meeting Discussion of Documents.

1)    Inform the applicant of the following certification documents required to be submitted for review during the formal application meeting. It is important that the CPM be thoroughly prepared to conduct the meeting.
2)    Inform the applicant to develop the following:
a)    An event-scheduling calendar developed by the applicant that identifies, documents and forecasts the step-by-step completion of the certification process as outlined in the five phases of certification.
b)    Two completed copies of FAA Form 8310-6.
c)    A compliance statement listing each applicable part 147 section and providing either a brief narrative or a specific reference to a document that describes the manner of compliance with the regulations.
d)    A description of the proposed curriculum. Emphasize that the actual curriculum must receive approval before certification.

NOTE:  The event-scheduling calendar should be developed in a way that ensures the certification process covers all phases of certification. The applicant should develop a Schedule of Events (SOE) that ensures the certification process is sound, and is agreeable to the CPM. The applicant and the CPM should review the schedule periodically to ensure steps are not missed. A copy of the completed SOE should be retained by the CPM in the certification file.

NOTE:  For further guidance on curriculum requirements, see Volume 2, Chapter 12, Section 2.

e)    A student enrollment statement indicating the maximum number of students to be taught for each rating during each enrollment period. The FAA Form 8310-6 application will also show this information.
f)    A written description of standards for graduation.
g)    A written description of attendance and missed course content makeup procedures.
h)    A written description of grading procedures.
i)    An inventory of the materials, equipment, and tools to be used. Advise the applicant to detail which tools the school will provide and which the students must furnish.
j)    A written description of the facilities to be used for instruction. Ask the applicant to provide detailed drawings with dimensions of classrooms and laboratory/shop facilities. The drawings should show the relative location of each school facility.
k)    A list of instructors showing any required certificate number(s), ratings, and subjects to be taught by each.

NOTE:  Each subject in the proposed curriculum must be accounted for on the instructor listing. Ensure that the applicant understands that technical maintenance courses other than certain general subjects must be taught by appropriately certificated airframe and/or powerplant AMTs. Inform the applicant that at least one certificated instructor is required for every 25 students in each shop or laboratory class (refer to 147.23).

l)    A written description of the method that ensures access to appropriate and current technical data necessary for the rating(s) sought. The procedures should demonstrate the ability to access or possess the current information.
3)    The data should include the following:

    Code of Federal Regulations (CFR),

    Type Certificate Data Sheets (TCDS),

    Airworthiness Directives (AD),

    Supplemental Type Certificates (STC),

    Maintenance manuals, and

    ACs.

J.    Conduct Precertification Inspections. If possible, visit the proposed school before a formal application is filed. Inspect and make necessary recommendations regarding the following:

    Classrooms,

    Work areas,

    Materials,

    Laboratories,

    Technical data,

    Instructional aids,

    Other areas as needed, and

    Distance-learning-associated equipment, materials, and documents (if applicable).

2-1415    FORMAL APPLICATION PHASE. The formal application phase requires a formal application meeting to present the required certification documents and discuss those issues relevant to the particular application.

A.    Schedule and Conduct Formal Application Meeting. The CPM meets with the official(s) representing the school. Review the submitted formal application and documents, including the SOE. Determine whether the applicant has submitted all documents, and if they are complete.

B.    Review the Following. If all documents are complete, review FAA Form 8310-6, the compliance statement, the curriculum, standards for graduation, attendance and makeup procedures, grading procedures, facility layout, and the instructor qualifications for conformity to the regulations.

NOTE:  If discrepancies exist in the documents, return the documents to the applicant with a letter identifying the discrepancies. It should be clearly explained to the applicant the need to correct the document deficiencies in a timely manner to facilitate continuance of the certification process.

1)    Compliance Statement. To benefit the applicant, development of a compliance statement assists in the certification process by showing in writing how the applicant intends to meet the requirements of each section of the part 147 rule. The compliance statement must list each applicable part 147 section and provide a brief narrative or a specific reference to a manual or other document describing the planned method of compliance with the regulation.
2)    Curriculum. For guidance on curriculum requirements see Volume 2, Chapter 12, Section 2.
a)    Practical projects referring to 147.21(d) include all functions specified in the curriculum that involve hands-on tasks. Therefore, practical projects should include any task taught to Level 2 or 3, as specified in part 147 appendices and OpSpecs, since all of these require some practical application.
b)    Section 147.38 addresses the maintenance of curriculum requirements. Title 14 CFR prescribes minimum standards for certification and operation. These standards may be exceeded beyond what the rule requires, but only as part of an approved curriculum.
3)    List of Instructors and Qualifications. The certificate number, ratings, and subjects must be listed for each instructor. There must be at least 1 certificated instructor for every 25 students in each shop or laboratory class (refer to 147.23). Evaluate the suitability of noncertificated instructors to teach certain general courses on an individual basis.
4)    Student Enrollment Statement. This statement indicates the maximum number of students to be taught for each rating during each enrollment period. Do not count students enrolled in other non‑FAA‑approved courses toward the maximum allowable part 147 enrollment.

NOTE:  Non-FAA-approved courses may not detract from the part 147 schools ability to provide for a quality education (due to facility overcrowding, equipment over use, etc.). PIs must be cognizant of the effect non-FAA-approved courses may pose.

5)    Diagram and Description of Facilities. This description must include a facility layout plan indicating the relative location of classrooms to shops/laboratories, including dimensions, and the relative location of each facility to each other facility when there is more than one site or location for the school.
6)    Inventory of Equipment, Materials, and Tools. The inventory must detail which tools the school will provide and which tools the students must furnish.
7)    Accept or Deny Formal Application. Acceptance or denial of the formal application is based on inclusion of all required materials as detailed in the preapplication meeting. The proposed methods of compliance are not being evaluated at this stage. Based on the initial review of the formal application and any meetings with the applicant, accept or deny the application. Advise the applicant in writing of the results. If the application is denied, return the application and attachments with a letter stating the reasons for denial.

2-1416    DOCUMENT COMPLIANCE PHASE.

A.    Review Documents. Thoroughly review the applicant’s curriculum and other documents to ensure that each complies with the applicable regulations. Approve, accept, or deny each document as appropriate. Documents reviewed during this phase must include:

1)    FAA Form 8310-6.
2)    Statement of compliance (SOC).
3)    Curriculum (refer to 147.21).
4)    Distance learning curriculum (if applicable).
5)    Instructor requirements and qualifications (refer to 147.23).
6)    For student verification purposes, applicants for an AMTS must have FAA-accepted procedures to ensure they can provide confirmation of student graduation to the FAA, a requesting Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME), or an approved testing center.
7)    Minimum standards for graduation and a method of determining final grades (refer to  147.31).
8)    Procedures for recording and controlling attendance.
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9)    Absence and missed material. Section 147.31(e) requires an approved system for recording student attendance. The system must show hours of absence allowed and how the missed material will be made available to the student. The system must ensure that all graduates will have completed all appropriate curriculum requirements (refer to 147.31(c)).
a)    Instructors must supervise and verify completion of practical project requirements. Other missed materials may be made available through:

1.    Communication of subjects and/or chapters covered in a course textbook;

2.    Availability of an instructor presentation;

3.    Availability of class materials; and

4.    Assignments directly attributable to the missed subject matter, such as, but not limited to:

    Supplementary reading assignments;

    Student completion of a written essay;

    Student completion of questions, answers, and references;

    A student oral presentation based on an outline; and/or

    Other methods acceptable to the Administrator.

b)    A student must complete all makeup assignments, class assignments, and exams missed in a module before an instructor can administer any written, oral, or practical test.
c)    Failure of a student to complete all makeup assignments and material within the school’s approved allotted time period may result in the student being required to repeat that subject.

NOTE:  Instructors cannot use the material from distance learning offerings to make up material missed from a classroom or lab offering, or vice versa.

10)    Written procedures for taking FAA written (knowledge), oral (knowledge), and practical (skill) tests and for certification requirements found in Order 8900.2.
11)    Procedures for maintaining, keeping, and distributing student records and transcripts (refer to  147.33).
12)    Procedures for tool control.
13)    Procedures for updating the technical data library.
14)    Facility layout (refer to 147.13 and 147.15).

B.    Document Deficiencies. If you find deficiencies in any document submitted by the applicant, return the document with a letter identifying the deficiency.

NOTE:  The certification team must be ready to offer suggestions, but not mandate how to improve the product but should avoid writing the applicant’s documents.

C.    If Necessary, Terminate the Certification Process. If the documents submitted are consistently found to be of insufficient quality, schedule a meeting with the applicant to discuss each deficiency in detail. Advise the applicant that continuing the certification process is impractical and the option for the applicant to reapply for certification.

1)    Complete Item 13 of FAA Form 8310-6, by marking the “Disapproved” box or by indicating that the application was withdrawn, as appropriate.
2)    Return the application with a letter advising the applicant of the reasons for termination. Advise the applicant that a new PASI is required to initiate the certification process again.
3)    Forward two copies of the letter to the RFSD.
4)    Notify AFS-620 of the project’s termination.

2-1417    DEMONSTRATION AND INSPECTION PHASE. In this phase, the certification team makes an onsite inspection to determine whether the applicant’s proposed procedures and programs are effective. At this time, the applicant demonstrates that the facilities and equipment are safe and satisfactory (see Volume 2, Chapter 12, Section 3). Emphasis is on compliance with the regulations. Throughout the demonstration and inspection phase, the CPM must ensure that each aspect of the applicant’s required demonstration is first documented, then observed, and then either approved or disapproved.

A.    Evaluate Suitability of Facilities, Equipment, Tools, and Materials.

1)    Facilities. The instructional aids, laboratory and shop equipment, and physical layout of the facilities must meet the requirements outlined in 147.15, 147.17, and 147.19. The applicant should keep in mind that the facilities must constitute an environment suitable for learning. Excessive noise, dust, fumes, heat, cold, and clutter could distract the applicant during development of the AMTS facility. The ratings that the school proposes to obtain will influence the layout of the AMTS facility.
2)    Equipment. An AMTS is required to have sufficient shop equipment in place and in satisfactory operating condition to adequately serve the student enrollment and meet shop/project subject requirements. The equipment must be situated so students can operate it in a safe and efficient manner (see criteria for distance learning, as applicable).
3)    Tools. The AMTS must provide an inventory of special tools required to provide instruction. All special tools must be in satisfactory working condition for the purpose for which they are to be used. Section 147.19 requires the AMTS to furnish an adequate supply of special tools appropriate to the ratings and curriculum of the AMTS.
4)    Materials. The AMTS must provide a list of materials required for instruction. The school must have sufficient materials in stock and properly stored to provide for the approved student enrollment (see criteria for distance learning, as applicable).
5)    Quantities of Necessary Items. The amount of materials and the kinds of equipment and tools students will use also depends on the curriculum and number of students. For example, the applicant must demonstrate that the school has the appropriate tools and equipment to accomplish each project.

B.    Observe Demonstrations and Conduct Inspections. Verify that the applicant’s proposed procedures and programs are effective, and that facilities and equipment are safe and satisfactory. Follow the procedures in Volume 2, Chapter 12, Section 3. Verify compliance with the regulations as follows:

    Facilities meet the requirements of 147.13 and 147.15;

    Instructional aids meet the requirements of 147.17; and

    Materials, special tools, and shop equipment meet the requirements of 147.19.

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C.    Distance Learning Program. A distance learning program will ensure compliance with all part 147 requirements, including curriculum approval as required by 147.38. Issuance of OpSpec A026, Authorizations/Limitations, is required prior to conducting distance learning. Specifically, an acceptable distance learning program will include written policy and procedures describing:

1)    How the distance learning program will be administered.
2)    A description of the examination and testing process.
3)    Methods for ensuring the integrity of student work and compliance with FAA minimum standards, as listed in part 147 appendices A, B, C, and D.
4)    Procedures for proctoring computer-based exams in a remote location.
5)    Procedures to ensure distance learning course records are kept in compliance with the approved curriculum.
6)    A description of the technology (i.e., hardware and software) to be utilized.
7)    Proper identification of courses available through distance learning.
8)    An electronic Learning Management System (eLMS) to track all aspects of the distance learning program, including attendance, participation, and performance (including comparisons to traditional classroom test scores and completion rates).
9)    FAA read-only access to the eLMS (to facilitate surveillance).
10)    Identification of students that are not seeking certification but are enrolled in AMTS distance learning courses. Regulatory requirements would not apply to these students.

D.    Document Deficiencies. If deficiencies exist, provide a list of discrepancies to the applicant. Schedule a meeting to discuss in detail the appropriate corrective action to be taken. Place documentation in the certification file.

1)    If the applicant does not demonstrate compliance or if discrepancies cannot be resolved, send a letter of denial and a list of discrepancies.
2)    Inform the applicant that the CPM must be notified in writing of all corrective action taken.

2-1418    CERTIFICATION PHASE. An applicant is entitled to the issuance of an Air Agency Certificate with appropriate rating(s) and OpSpecs after accomplishing the following:

    The certification process is completed;

    Each unsatisfactory item has been corrected;

    The FSDO has determined that the applicant has met all regulatory requirements and understands the related responsibilities;

    The FSDO has determined that the applicant is capable of complying with 14 CFR on a continuing basis; and

    The applicant has demonstrated capability of conducting operations in a safe manner.

A.    Issue Air Agency Certificate. When the applicant has met all regulatory requirements, the CPM will accomplish the following:

1)    Ensure all deficiencies have been documented and addressed.
2)    Ensure all items in the CPM file are closed and satisfactory.
3)    Review SOE for completeness.
4)    Complete Item 13 of FAA Form 8310-6.
5)    Approve the curriculum by signing and dating the List of Effective Pages (LEP) and revision pages, or issue a letter of approval indicating the date and revision status.
a)    Obtain a final certificate number from AFS-620.
b)    Prepare FAA Form 8000-4, Air Agency Certificate. Ensure that the FSDO manager signs the certificate. Give the original certificate to the new certificate holder. Make a copy for the certification file.
6)    Prepare (as applicable) part 147 AMTS OpSpecs:

    A001, Issuance and Applicability (mandatory).

    A002, Definitions and Abbreviations (mandatory).

    A003, Ratings (mandatory).

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    A004, Summary of Special Authorizations and Limitations (mandatory).

    A005, Exemptions (optional).

    A006, Management Personnel (mandatory).

    A007, Designated Persons (mandatory).

    A012, Affiliated Designated Mechanic Examiners (DME) (optional).

    A013, Instructors (mandatory).

    A025, Recordkeeping System (mandatory).

    A026, Authorizations/Limitations (optional).

    B002, Required Minimum Curriculum for General (Part 147 Appendix B) (mandatory).

    B003, Required Minimum Curriculum for Airframe (Part 147 Appendix C) (mandatory for AMTS with either an airframe rating or combined A&P ratings) (optional).

    B004, Required Minimum Curriculum for Powerplant (Part 147 Appendix D) (mandatory for AMTS with either a powerplant rating or combined A&P ratings) (optional).

B.    PI Drafts and Signs OpSpecs. The appropriate Airworthiness PI will draft and sign the OpSpecs showing the limitations issued. Issue all mandatory and any applicable optional FAA OpSpecs with appropriate ratings.

NOTE:  Air Agency Certificates and OpSpecs are legal documents. Language should clearly specify the authorizations, ratings, and/or limitations being approved. When filling out these forms, erasures, strikeovers, or typographical errors must not exist on the completed document.

C.    Prepare Certification File. Once the applicant receives AMTS certification, prepare a part 147 Air Agency Certification file to be kept at the FSDO for documented future review of the complete certification process. The file must include the name and title of each ASI who assisted in the certification. The CPM signs the file. The file must contain at least the following:

    Copy of the PASI;

    Completed FAA Form 8310-6;

    Letter of Compliance (i.e., an SOC);

    Applicant’s SOE;

    Copy of the signed FAA Form 8000-4 issued;

    Copy of the OpSpecs issued to the AMTS;

    Copy of the approved curriculum;

    List of the instructors, their qualifications, and the courses they will be teaching;

    Facility layout;

    Procedures for updating the technical data library; and

    Summary of all discrepancies encountered during certification.

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D.    Distribute Application FAA Form 8310-6. Distribute FAA Form 8310-6, retaining the original form in the FSDO and forwarding one copy to the RFSD.

2-1419    COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS. This task requires coordination with Maintenance ASIs, Avionics ASIs, the RFSD, and HQ.

2-1420    REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.

A.    References (current editions):

    Title 14 CFR Part 147.

    Title 49 U.S.C. 44707.

    FAA Order 8900.1, Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS).

    FAA Order 8900.2, General Aviation Airman Designee Handbook.

B.    Forms:

    FAA Form 8000-4, Air Agency Certificate.

    FAA Form 8310-6, Aviation Maintenance Technician School Certificate and Ratings Application.

    FAA Form 8400-6, Preapplication Statement of Intent.

C.    Job Aids. Job Task Analyses (JTA): 2.4.14, 3.4.32, 3.4.34, and 3.4.36.

2-1421    TASK OUTCOMES.

A.    Complete the PTRS Record.

B.    Complete the Task. Completion of this task will result in one of the following:

    Issuance of an Air Agency Certificate and OpSpecs;

    A letter to the applicant indicating the denial of the certificate; or

    A letter to the applicant confirming termination of the certification process by the applicant.

C.    Document the Task. File all supporting paperwork in the certificate holder/applicant’s office file and update the enhanced Vital Information Database (eVID).

2-1422    FUTURE ACTIVITIES. Observe the school during the first 90 days of operation. Additional inspections may be necessary to determine compliance with the applicable CFRs. The ASI may direct changes in the methods or techniques of operation. Perform followup and surveillance inspections as required.

RESERVED. Paragraphs 2-1423 through 2-1445.